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Bulletin Board for December 15, 2008

UVI-CES to Honor Computer Training Course Graduates Today (Dec. 15)

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to an awards ceremony for students who completed the recent Basic Computer Training course offered on St. Croix. The ceremony is set for 6 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 15.) at the Great Hall in the North West Wing building on UVI's St. Croix Campus. The eight-week course was designed help participants increase their knowledge and use of computers. Applications covered included Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Word as well as email and the Internet.

UVI Student Named Miss St. Croix in Christmas Festival Pageant

Congratulations to UVI students Sheniqua Robinson and Chenelle Brady, who participated in the 26th annual Miss St. Croix Pageant held Sunday at Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted. Robinson, who is majoring in business and pharmacy, won the Miss St. Croix crown, as well as the pageant's Miss Congeniality, Most Photogenic, Miss Intellect and Best Cultural Wear prizes. She will preside over Crucian Christmas Festival events. Brady won the pageant's Most Popular award.

Spring Semester 2009 Registration and Orientation Information

UVI's Spring Semester 2009 is scheduled to run from Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, through Saturday, May 9, 2009.

Information on registration dates and procedures for the Spring Semester is now available on the BUCSS page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

The Sping Semester orientation for new and transfer students begins on Jan. 5, 2009. Orientation schedules for the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are available from the Admissions page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and at this direct link.

UVI Alumni Provide Holiday Cheer at Queen Louise Home

Residents of the Queen Louise Home for the Aged on St. Thomas have received a decorated Christmas tree for the cafeteria at the home, compliments of the St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association. For the past five years, the St. Thomas/St. John Chapter has donated and decorated a tree for the residents. An added treat this year was the donation of several cases of dry goods by a local merchant through the efforts of the UVI Institutional Advancement Office. Seniors at the home were also recently treated to Thanksgiving gift bags from the chapter. The chapter has been donating Thanksgiving gifts to the residents for more than eight years. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI Counselor Supervisor to Participate in Ford Center Residence Program

UVI Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm has been selected to participate in the Betty Ford Center's Professionals in Residence Program (PIR). The Betty Ford Center, located in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is world-renown for treating Hollywood celebrities, individuals and families suffering with addiction disorders. The center's Professionals in Residence Program was developed to provide professional counselors with a comprehensive combination of education and participation in the patient experience. It offers a rare inside view of the center's approach to treatment of the chemically dependent person by allowing participants to follow the same schedule as patients, with the addition of presentations designed specifically for PIR participants. Hamm's participation in this program was made possible through a Betty Ford Center Scholarship. For more information, contact her at 693-1136 or ahamm@uvi.edu.

Carnival Committee Adopts "UVI Goes Green" as Theme; Slogan Sought

The UVI Carnival Committee has selected the general theme of "UVI Goes Green" for the University's entry in the 2009 St. Thomas Carnival Adults Parade. The theme was submitted by Sheena Powell. The committee is now looking for a slogan to use with its planned floupe - float and troupe. Slogan suggestions incorporating green concepts, such as recycling, harnessing power from the wind, water, sun and earth, are sought. Slogan suggestions, along with ideas for costume designs and float decorations, should be submitted, via email, to Junie Violenes - jviolen@uvi.edu - no later than Wednesday, Dec. 17. The Costume Design/Construction sub-committee will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, in Teacher Education room 115 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center room 807 on St. Croix.

All Carnival Committee sub-committees remain open to anyone interested in participating. They include: Planning, Fundraising, Costume Construction/Design and Music/Food/Transportation. The next meeting of the Planning sub-committee will be held on Jan. 14. The First major fundraiser will be a fish fry scheduled for Jan. 16. For details, contact the UVI Student Activities Office on the St. Thomas campus at 693-1111.

The Carnival Parade is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009. Individuals interested in both organizing and participating in the parade are needed. Assistance is needed in the following areas: planning, marketing, fundraising, costume design and construction, music, food and transportation. Please use this form to indicate your interest: http://formdesk.com/UVI/carnival2009.

Details on the UVI Troupe effort are also available from the Student Activities Office - phone 693-1111 - on the St. Thomas campus or from Jay Wiltshire - phone 692-4181 - on the St. Croix campus.

BUCS Fitness Center on St. Croix Closed During Holiday Break

The UVI BUCS Fitness Center on the St. Croix campus will be closed during the holiday season - from Dec. 12, 2008, through Jan. 11, 2009. The center will reopen on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. For details, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228.

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2008 Holiday Recess Schedule

UVI's Human Resources Department has announced the 2008 Holiday Recess as approved by President LaVerne E. Ragster. The recess is as follows: All offices will be closed for holiday recess beginning Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, through Friday, January 2, 2009. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. In observance of Three King's Day, all offices will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.

Summer Leadership Program Available to Male College Students

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is accepting applications from male African-American college students for its summer leadership program in Washington, D.C. The Institute provides networking opportunities, leadership development and life-long
mentorship. The Institute's goal is to equip young men with the tools required for successful careers in business, education, journalism, law, government, the sciences, public policy, ministry, medicine, public service and the arts. Details are available from the Office of the Associate Campus Administrator, Division of Student Affairs, on the St. Thomas campus. Contact Carolyn Wattley at 693-1120. Details of the program are also available online at http://www.i4rc.org/.

Nike Corporation Offering Summer Internship

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports scholarships and other programs for students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has announced the Nike corporation is seeking applicants for an internship program that will run from June 16 through Aug. 21, 2009, at the company's Beaverton, Or., headquarters. The paid internship will cover travel and housing costs. Applicants, with a passion for sports, must be full time college students - junior, senior or graduate student - majoring in business, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, polymer science, retail/merchandising, or liberal arts. The deadline to apply is Jan. 12, 2009. For details, contact Ardrina Scott-Elliott in UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1043.

Holiday Sales Offered at St. Thomas, St. Croix Bookstores

Holiday sales have been announced by the UVI Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix. On St. Thomas, selected gift items are offered from 30 to 50 percent off. The sale ends on Dec. 22. On St. Croix, in addition to featured electronics, selected clothing is on sale from 10 to 50 percent off. The sale continues through Dec. 17. The St. Croix Bookstore will be closed Dec. 18 and 19 for remodeling.

Dec. 18 is Deadline for Students to Apply for National Student Exchange Program

December 18 is the deadline for UVI students to apply for participation in the National Student Exchange Program (NSE). The program is open to full-time undergraduate students. It provides the opportunity to attend another school in the NSE network at little or no additional cost to that of attending UVI. Nearly 200 diverse colleges and universities in the United States and its territories participate. NSE coordinators are available on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses to provide students with additional information and qualifications. On St. Croix, call Doris Farrington-Hepburn at 692-4187 or send email to dfarrin@uiv.edu. On St. Thomas, call Andrea Hamm at 693-1136 or send email to ahamm@uvi.edu.

Reichhold Holiday Schedule for Ticket Office

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts Ticketing Services Department (Box Office) has announced the schedule it will observe during the University's Christmas Break. The Box Office will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday Dec. 26. The office will be open on Saturday, Dec. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Thursday, January 1, 2009. Regular Box Office business hours resume on Friday, Jan. 2.

Tickets for any upcoming performances at the Reichhold Center can also be purchased at these regular ticket outlets; Modern Music, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Island Video (Nisky) and Home Again (Red Hook). More information is also available on the Reichhold Center web site: www.reichholdcenter.com.

The Reichhold Center's administrative offices will be closed from Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 through Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. The administrative offices will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5.

Custom License Plate Initiative Allows UVI Community to Show Support

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of the Virgin Islands have an opportunity to express their loyalty to UVI with the introduction of the UVI Buccaneer License Plate Program, an initiative that allows Virgin Islands vehicle owners to display customized University of the Virgin Islands license plates. Funds raised by the program will support the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund.

"This is an excellent way to show support for UVI while at the same time benefiting the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund," UVI Athletic Director Peter Sauer said. "The license plates provide another way to promote UVI in our community." A news release is available from the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Participating in 2008-2009 United Way Campaign

The 2008-2009 United Way Campaign is now underway. The total UVI goal for 2008-2009 is to raise $20,000 for this worthy community cause. Individuals may make a tax-deductible contribution as a one-time amount via cash or check or through payroll deductions. United Way Payroll Deduction Cards are available in the UVI Human Resources Office on St. Thomas and in the UVI Business Office on St. Croix. For more than 28 years, the United Way organizations of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix have funded more than 75 agencies that help thousands in our communities.

UVI's 2008-2009 United Way coordinator is Yvonne Lawrence - 693-1424 - and the co-coordinators are Nereida Washington - 692-4161, Desha Brathwaite - 693-1462 and LilyMae Durante - 693-1144. They are available to answer questions and assist with any concerns.

Noted Climate Experts to Address V.I. Prospects at UVI Workshop on Feb. 6

A one-day conference for individuals concerned about the impact climate change will have in the U.S. Virgin Islands is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2009, on St. Thomas at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Keynote speakers for the conference are Dr. Leonard Nurse, a University of the West Indies researcher who, along with former Vice Predsident Al Gore, was part of the United Nations team awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their climate-related efforts, and Dr. Ulric "Neville" Trotz, the senior advisor of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center in Belize.

The conference is designed to heighten awareness of what climate change could mean for the Virgin Islands and to develop guidelines, policies and procedures to address potential threats to the islands' ecology and economy. Drs. Nurse and Ulric are expected to share their ideas about what Virgin Islanders can expect as global climate changes continue and to discuss a range of possible solutions. UVI's Office of the Vice Provost at 693-1062 or 692-4003. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. The registration deadline is Jan. 15, 2009, and a registration form is available from this link.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Fundraising Activities

UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising activities and special events for the University. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to network with people throughout the Virgin Islands community while helping to plan and develop signature events on both campuses. This includes events and activities such as Afternoon on the Green. Interested individuals should contact UVI's Special Events Coordinator Liza Margolis at 693-1053 or send email to lmargol@uvi.edu.